I have no idea what caused it but my horse is very wobbly and can hardly stand without falling over. He isn't drinking more than a swallow. He is eating but slightly reluctant to do so. Right now we have him in a sling so he won't fall over. We have him on bute. We have no idea what to do and we can't afford a vet. So if anyone has any ideas PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE contact me on here or on my email firstname.lastname@example.org
I know what it is like not having money for a vet, but this is SERIOUS. It could be any number of things. If you don't get a vet, I fear justsam is right. Even with a vet, your horse could be at risk. This could be the last part of shock from who-knows-what. If the who-knows-what isn't dealt with the shock won't go away and will be fatal even if the who-knows-what isn't.
I feel for you. Call your vet and see what they say. Maybe they will help you out if you have had a good relationship in the past with them.
Find a vet that will let you have a payment plan. There is NO EXCUSE for letting your horse suffer without a vet. Sorry, I know what money issues are like, but this is a matter of life or death. What if your mom told you "sorry honey, we know you are dying of swine flu, but we can't take you to the doctor so you'll just have to stay in your bed until you die"
Simply put, there is no way to advise you without saying, GET A VET OUT. I know you say you cannot afford it, but the fact is that you can't afford not to - more to the point, your horse can't afford not to have a vet.
This is neurological and one of the most serious conditions a horse can be in. You not only have the obligation to your animal, but depending on the cause, it could be important for other horse owners in the area to know about. At least call the vet. Many can help with payment plans or by getting you enrolled in Care Credit. Your horse will not recover without medical attention and at the very least you owe him a humane death as opposed to the lingering and suffering that WILL occur if he is not seen.
I know that things are very rough right now, your vet will understand too. Please, I know you care about your horse or you wouldn't be on here. You need medical attention for him, no matter what you have to do to get it.
We called a vet this morning. My friend is going to pay for it and let me work it off. Thank You for the advice. I was TRYING to find a way to get a vet out already. So just sitting there telling me to get one wasn't helping much. And when I said no money I meant no one in the house has a job.. except me.. and my income is very low. So it iwas difficult to figure out how to go about it. Thanks For everything though.
Glad to hear that your horse is going to get whatever care it needs, but attitude is not apprectiated. You asked all of us for our opinions and advice, and we gave it to you. By indicating that you had no money for a vet, you KNEW that's what your horse needed. If you don't have the money to support your horse in the event of an emergency, like right now, don't have one. Horses are like children. My horse is my child. Just like eventerdrew said, I wouldn't expect a mom to tell their child to suck it up and hope for the best. I won't tell my horse that, either.
I make 700 dollars a month. 425 of that goes to board, 20 goes to my credit card bill, 70 goes to my cell phone, and around 100 is gas. The rest goes into my savings account for emercencies.
Im sorry we normally DO take care of our animals and provide the needed vet care. It isn't my fault the economy went to crap and my dad lost his job. I was only looking for some way of helping him because I AM concerned about him. And I was hoping to maybe get some feedback that I could try to help him WITHOUT getting a gigantic vet bill. And OBVIOUSLY nobody is going to buy him and give him a home where he CAN be cared for because he is SICK. So Thanks for the help.